The way of the truth, Peter shows that he follows « the way of truth » He warns against shameful ways from others. Those people twist and change Christianity for their own selfish purpose. Most of the African gifted people opened their own ministry. For what? Well, part of them became very rich in wealth. See Matthew 7:15–23, watch out for fake prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! Also see Matthew 13:24–30, Jesus told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants came to him and said, Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from? An enemy did this, he replied. The servants asked him, Do you want us to go and pull them up? No, he answered, because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn. See verses 36 – 43 as well; Then He left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to Him and said; Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field. He answered, The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. See Matthew 24:24, For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.
Also read 2nd Timothy 3:3–5, Without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self – control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. Also read 2nd Timothy 4:3–4, For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
The New Testament tells the story of Jesus in the first four books. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book of Acts shows the result as more and more people believe in Jesus as the Christ “the way”.
The Gospel events are not distant facts. Jesus lives today. He calls you to share His death, burial and resurrection by baptism.
What makes the baptism of a believing, repentant person so essential? As the New Testament unfolds its message, the reason becomes clearer. The result is that you are raised with Him through your faith, Colossians 2:12, shows that baptism is for people who have believed the Good News. From baptism you rise with Christ to « a new life.”
Romans 6:4–7 says, We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Also see Romans 8:1, 37-39, Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May you be blessed in Christ Jesus. And wishing you Merry Christmas.